Modi, Putin to hold informal summit in Russian Federation

Modi, Putin to hold informal summit in Russian Federation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold an "informal summit" with Russian President Vladimr Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on May 21 during which he would discuss further strengthening the Privileged Strategic Partnership between the two countries and exchange views on regional and worldwide developments. Modi will visit Russian Federation on 21 May for an informal Summit with President Putin in the city of Sochi, the statement said.

"This will be an important occasion for the two leaders to exchange views on global matters in a broad and long-term perspective with the objective of further strengthening our Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership". Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Russian Federation next week for a one-on-one "informal" meeting with President Vladimir Putin at the summer beach resort of Sochi on the Black Sea.

Last month, Modi had held his first "informal summit" with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan in a bid to "reset" bilateral ties that have been under a strain since the Doklam face-off in 2017. The last summit had taken place in St Petersburg in June 2017. There had been some differences over Pakistan and Afghanistan, but it had never threatened the relationship, as per sources.

Informal summits are clearly the flavour of the season.

Symbolism besides direction to strategic partnership will be high on the Modi-Putin informal summit amid misgivings over Pakistan's ties with Russian Federation and the lack of clarity over US' sanctions over defence deals. The two leaders might also discuss how their two countries could counter the challenge posed to their defence cooperation by impending U.S. sanctions against several Russian entities involved in military supplies to India under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). The withdrawal of U.S. from the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran and the impending summit of President Donald Trump with North Korea's Kim Jong-un has introduced more variables with uncertain outcome. With Russia still being a major defence supplier, a recent U.S. law could impose sanctions on India if it goes ahead with significant purchases from Russia, for example the S-400 Triumf air defense system.

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